Shaping thoughtful and successful global citizens

Education | 23 Jul 2021

Held on June 19 (Saturday) at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, The Standard's TKO Education Fair received an overwhelming response from parents and educators. Aside from individual booths for consultation and information collection, the Fair also featured six presentations by experienced educators.  

Shaping thoughtful and successful global citizens

Taking pride in its personalised and holistic education, the Hong Kong Academy (HKA) empowers students to pursue their passion and contribute to the changing world. Jennifer Swinehart, Acting IB Diploma Coordinator and Assistant Secondary School Principal at HKA, presented a talk titled ‘Shaping thoughtful and successful global citizens’.

At HKA, a global citizen is defined as a person who conducts their daily life with a commitment to understand others, make decisions with an awareness of how they affect communities locally and globally, as well as advocating themselves accountable for social and environmental sustainability.

On cultivating a global citizen, Swinehart said this goal is backed by a host of supportive features, including inclusive education; three world-recognized programmes; exceptional location; global alumni network; low student and teacher ratio; commitment to internationalism; state-of-the-art facility; and strong home-school partnership.

She highlighted that as a three-programme IB school, HKA supports learners to develop a range of learning contexts along with an international mindset. “For example, our primary year programme (PYP) helps students connect their learning with the planet, understand beyond technology, and explore global citizenships in different roles of society,” she elaborated, with videos showcasing students’ work as a bridge builder and their research presentation on sharks.

The majority of HKA students graduate with 3 qualifications, including HKA Diploma and Global Citizen Diploma, coupled with an IB Certificate or IB Diploma. “This supports our graduates to pursue their interest and passion in an international way,” she said. “They go around the world, with the majority choosing to study in the United States and the United Kingdom, on diverse disciplines from humanities, education to biomedical sciences.”

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